St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

With St. Simeon, the God receiver, as our patron, the skete seeks to practice the ideals found in our Rule, The Thousand Day Nazareth. In simplicity and poverty, the skete embraces the struggle of inner life through the practice of the Prayer Rope.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mornings that last all day!

At this stage of pregnancy, mornings are not easy for Kadijah.  As it is with most women with child, Morning Sickness occupies a lot of her day.   

Life is not as frantic

 in Kabala as it was in Freetown.

  Its quiet, no constant honking of car horns,

 no hustle and bustle 

about the streets.  

Kadijah sets out to begin the day, preparing food and doing chores.  

Albeit, the unfinished Compound (cabinets not all in yet) provides her an opportunity to be a little more creative on getting the day's tasks accomplished.  This is nothing new for her - anyone able to survive the horrors & atrocities of war while also protecting her infant (Lucy was a baby during the war) -she is used to making things do. 

The rains are so heavy now that it has provided many gallons of free water with each full bucket saved.  We can now use it to flush the toilet, bathe, wash dishes.  We are so thankful for this source of water. 

Because of the rains, being without water isn't too terrible.  A bit of an inconvenience during cooking and bathing and a toilsome annoyance in the restroom.  Yet we do what we have to do.

 We pray that as the rains stop, and the sunny weather returns that we will also have the funding to complete the well and provide water into the Compound.  And if it is delayed longer, then... we'll be okay.  NHA lives in the moment, making the best of it because God is in that very moment - good or bad.  This gives us the strength to plow on through whatever the world hands us.  

In the meantime we give thanks for all of you and all we have, in particular all the wonderful benefits we have received in living up-country.   One advantage (which is the greatest) is that there is no shortage of loving people to share the day and spread around some happiness...   

Seraphim's good friend, Pa Bah, enjoys some time with Roo...

Pa Bah has had recent health issues, please pray for him.

...and Kadijah gets some time to be still..

"Be still, and know that I am God" 

(Psalm 46:10)